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Child Neurology Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions
How is the neurology team arranged at Children’s National Hospital?
We have four services at Children’s National – a ward service, a consult service, a PICU service and a NICU service. Each team has their own set of fellows and resident taking care of patients. All services have attendings that are specifically involved in the clinical care of these patients along with research in these areas. Adult neurology rotators from The George Washington University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital help cover all of these services along with other local training programs including Walter Reed Medical Center and Howard University Hospital.
How busy is the inpatient ward service?
We have a busy inpatient ward service with a maximum census of 25 patients, however on average you should expect 8-15 patients on the neurology service each day.
What is the board pass rate for graduates from Children’s National Hospital?
We have a 100 percent board pass rate for more than a decade. To help continue this trend, in addition to strong clinical rotations and didactics, there is a bimonthly neurology board review course throughout your training.
How many neurology beds are there?
Children’s National is a 303-bed free-standing hospital with a dedicated 25-bed neurology floor, including 14 video EEG beds, along with a 54-bed NICU and 35-bed PICU.
How many elective months are given to trainees in child neurology?
There are 12 months of electives for trainees. One to two months are used in the PGY-3 year while on adult neurology. Four months are used in the PGY-4 year for further development of career interests and are chosen by the trainee. Most fellows choose to complete a month of EEG and neuro-radiology and start an IRB submission for research. Some electives are also used in both PGY-4 and 5 years to rotate through our subspeciality and general child neurology outpatient clinics both at the hospital and in our outpatient facilities in the Maryland region.
Children's National Hospital boasts a multitude of multidisciplinary clinics as well that fellows learn from including areas like white matter disorders, neuromuscular, neuro-immunology, headache, stroke, neurofibromatosis, brain tumors, neonatal brain injury, neurogenetics and neuro-ophthalmology, among others.
Where is the adult neurology portion of the training completed?
Residents complete their adult neurology year at The George Washington University Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center or Veteran's Affairs, all of which have excellent reputations and provide strong training in the basics of neuroanatomy and adult neurologic disorders.
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